Intel Core i5-6600K vs Intel Core i5-6500T

Intel Core i5-6600K

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The Intel Core i5-6600K is a high-end quad-core desktop processor based on the Skylake architecture, which was announced in August 2015. The CPU, which is manufactured in a 14 nm process, runs at 3.5 up to 3.9 GHz (2 cores: 3.8 GHz, 3 cores: 3.7 GHz, 4 cores: 3.6 GHz) and – contrary to the i7-series – does not support Hyperthreading. Being a so called "K"-model, the Core i5-6600K has a free multiplier and can be easily overclocked. 

Performance

Because of the slightly slower clocks, the smaller L3-cache (6 instead of 8 MB) as well as the missing Hyperthreading support, the Core i5-6600K is about 10-30 percent slower than the top model i7-6700K. The CPU will still handle demanding applications and games without any problems.

Graphics

Graphics are handled by the integrated Intel HD Graphics 530 with 24 EUs (Execution Units), which is clocked at 350 - 1150 MHz. Compared to the HD Graphics 4600 (Haswell, 20 EUs), the performance is increased by around 25 percent. The overall GPU performance is still low-end, so modern games can, if at all, only be played smoothly with low settings. 

Power Consumption

The TDP was slightly raised from 88 to 91 Watts compared to the predecessor.

Intel Core i5-6500T

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The Intel Core i5-6500T is a frugal quad-core desktop processor based on the Skylake architecture, which was announced in August 2015. The CPU, which is manufactured in a 14 nm process, runs at 2.5-3.1 GHz and does not support Hyperthreading (only 4 threads simultaneously).

Architecture

Intel uses Skylake to replace both Broadwell as well as Haswell and therefore uses one core design for all TDP classes between 4.5-45 Watts. Several improvements of the Skylake architecture include bigger Out-to-Order-Buffer, optimizations for pre-fetching as well as bigger gains by Hyperthreading. However, the changes are small for a "Tock" – a new micro architecture – in general, so the per-MHz performance is only between 5-10 % (compared to Haswell) or less than 5 % higher (compared to Broadwell), respectively.

Performance

The performance is a bit better compared to the old Sandy Bridge Core i5-2400 (3.1-3.4 GHz, no Hyperthreading either).

Graphics

Graphics are handled by the integrated Intel HD Graphics 530 with 24 EUs (Execution Units), which is clocked at 350 - 1100 MHz. Compared to the HD Graphics 4600 (Haswell, 20 EUs), the performance is increased by around 25 percent. The overall GPU performance is still low-end, so modern games can, if at all, only be played smoothly with low settings.

Power Consumption

Intel specifies the TDP with 35 Watts, so it can also be used in notebooks (although bigger ones).

Intel Core i5-6600KIntel Core i5-6500T
Intel Core i5 (Desktop)Intel Core i5 (Desktop)
SkylakeSkylake
: Core i5 (Desktop) Skylake
» Intel Core i5-6600K3500 - 3900 MHz4 / 46 MB
Intel Core i5-6500 (compare)3200 - 3600 MHz4 / 46 MB
Intel Core i5-6600T (compare)2700 - 3500 MHz4 / 46 MB
Intel Core i5-6400 (compare)2700 - 3300 MHz4 / 46 MB
Intel Core i5-6500T2500 - 3100 MHz4 / 46 MB
Intel Core i5-6400T (compare)2200 - 2800 MHz4 / 46 MB
Intel Core i5-6600K3500 - 3900 MHz4 / 46 MB
Intel Core i5-6500 (compare)3200 - 3600 MHz4 / 46 MB
Intel Core i5-6600T (compare)2700 - 3500 MHz4 / 46 MB
Intel Core i5-6400 (compare)2700 - 3300 MHz4 / 46 MB
» Intel Core i5-6500T2500 - 3100 MHz4 / 46 MB
Intel Core i5-6400T (compare)2200 - 2800 MHz4 / 46 MB
3500 - 3900 MHz2500 - 3100 MHz
256 KB256 KB
1 MB1 MB
6 MB6 MB
4 / 44 / 4
91 35
14 14
FCLGA1151FCLGA1151
DDR3(L)-1600/DDR4-2133 Memory Controller, AVX, AVX2, AES-NI, TSX-NI, Quick Sync, Virtualization, vPro saveDDR3(L)-1600/DDR4-2133 Memory Controller, AVX, AVX2, AES-NI, TSX-NI, Quick Sync, Virtualization, vPro
iGPUIntel HD Graphics 530 (350 - 1150 MHz)Intel HD Graphics 530 (350 - 1100 MHz)
$242 U.S.$192 U.S.
Intel Core i5 (Desktop) 6600KIntel Core i5 (Desktop) 6500T

Cinebench R15 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 601     avg: 614.5     median: 601 (14%)     max: 654 Points
466 Points (11%)
Cinebench R15 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 161     avg: 165.5     median: 166 (76%)     max: 169 Points
128 Points (59%)
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit
min: 6     avg: 7.1     median: 6 (14%)     max: 7 Points
5.4 Points (12%)
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit
min: 1     avg: 1.9     median: 1 (50%)     max: 2 Points
1.5 Points (73%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single 32Bit
6188 Points (68%)
4880 Points (53%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
21324 Points (33%)
16462 Points (25%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
29100 Points (38%)
Cinebench R10 - Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
8370 Points (81%)
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m *
361.4 seconds (4%)
wPrime 2.0x - 32m *
11.6 seconds (2%)
WinRAR - Result
3643 KB/s (43%)
2924 KB/s (34%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 2
40.1 fps (1%)
32.3 fps (1%)
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0 - Pass 1
196.3 fps (73%)
153.5 fps (57%)
TrueCrypt - Serpent Mean 100MB
0.3 GB/s (16%)
0.3 GB/s (13%)
TrueCrypt - Twofish Mean 100MB
0.5 GB/s (17%)
0.4 GB/s (14%)
TrueCrypt - AES Mean 100MB
3.2 GB/s (16%)
2.5 GB/s (13%)
3DMark 06 - CPU
7413 Points (50%)
5832 Points (39%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M *
9.5 Seconds (2%)
12 Seconds (3%)
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M *
21.5 Seconds (1%)
27 Seconds (1%)
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M *
501.1 Seconds (2%)
622 Seconds (3%)
3DMark Vantage - P CPU no PhysX 1280x1024
21951 Points (31%)
3DMark 11 - Performance Physics 1280x720
7754 points (40%)
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Physics 1280x720
61050 Points (39%)
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Physics 1280x720
5562 Points (14%)
3DMark - Fire Strike Physics 1920x1080
7863 Points (24%)
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Multi-Core Score
12270 Points (15%)
9649 Points (12%)
Geekbench 3 - 32 Bit Single-Core Score
4080 Points (84%)
3244 Points (67%)
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
min: 12175     avg: 12544.5     median: 12544 (33%)     max: 12914 Points
10107 Points (27%)
Geekbench 3 - 64 Bit Single-Core Score
min: 4160     avg: 4214.5     median: 4214 (86%)     max: 4269 Points
3389 Points (69%)
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score *
849.6 ms (1%)
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score *
64.4 ms (1%)
Octane V2 - Total Score
43012 Points (82%)

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i5-6600K → 100%

Average Benchmarks Intel Core i5-6500T → 85%

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Redaktion, 2017-09- 8 (Update: 2017-09-11)